The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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"It’s a grubby, violent, dangerous world. But it’s the only world they know. And they’re the only friends Eddie has."
  • R
  • 1973
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 7.4  (11,806)
  • 84

The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime-drama film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, and Richard Jordan. The film is an adaptation of a novel by George V. Higgins and is considered one of the best films of the 1970s and a classic of the crime genre. The movie follows the story of Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum), a small-time criminal who has worked as a gunrunner for years. Facing a long prison sentence for his latest crime, Eddie decides to cooperate with the authorities and become an informant. However, he soon realizes that the authorities are not interested in helping him and that his former associates in the criminal underworld are after him.

As Eddie struggles to stay alive and out of prison, he becomes involved with a group of young criminals who have their own plans and ambitions. Along the way, Eddie meets a cast of colorful characters, including a ruthless hitman (Richard Jordan), a bar owner who supplies guns to criminals (Peter Boyle), and a number of other small-time gangsters.

The movie is notable for its gritty, realistic portrayal of the criminal underworld in Boston in the early 1970s. The film is set against a backdrop of urban decay and is populated by characters who are struggling to survive in a world that offers little hope or opportunity. The movie features a number of tense, well-crafted action scenes, as well as several memorable scenes of dialogue.

Robert Mitchum gives an outstanding performance as Eddie Coyle, a role that was one of his best in a long and distinguished career. Mitchum brings a sense of world-weary resignation to the character, conveying the sense that he knows his fate is sealed and he has little control over his own destiny.

Peter Boyle is also excellent as Dillon, the bar owner who supplies guns to criminals. Dillon is a complex character who is both ruthless and sympathetic, and Boyle plays him with a sense of depth and nuance that is rare in crime films.

Richard Jordan is similarly impressive as the hitman, Jackie Brown. Jordan brings a sense of quiet menace to the character, making him one of the most memorable villains in the history of the crime genre.

Overall, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a classic crime film that is not to be missed by fans of the genre. The movie is a masterclass in storytelling and character development, and the performances by the cast are superb. The film is a bleak and uncompromising vision of a criminal underworld that is rarely seen in movies today, and it is a testament to the power of cinema to explore and illuminate the darker corners of human experience.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 84.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle
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